Children’s National Gets Top Children’s Hospital Ranking in Nation

The “U.S. News & World Report” gives the pediatric institution high praise for its accomplishments and specialties.

By: Melissa Romero

It’s good to know our local kids are in good hands. For the second year in a row, Children’s National Medical Center has been named one of the best pediatric institutions by U.S. News & World Report.

Children’s National, the only pediatric center in Washington, is one of the top ten hospitals in the nation for cancer, neonatology, and neurology and neurosurgery, according to the report. Its highest rank was six, in neonatology. For all three specialties, U.S. News said Children’s National’s nurse-to-patient ratio was “superior.”

The hospital also placed in the top 20 for cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.U.S. News surveyed 178 pediatric centers and asked 150 pediatric specialists where they would send sick children for certain specialities.

Hospitals that received high scores in at least three specialities were named to the honor roll. Our neighbors at John Hopkins Children’s Center made this honor roll with a ranking of 10, while Boston Children’s Hospital topped the list.

Children’s National was established in 1870. It has 303 beds, 1,330 nurses, and 550 physicians. To view the U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals 2012-13 rankings, visit the U.S. News website.